Hockey News: Dealing with Streaks

Updated: November 20, 2006, 5:59 PM ET
By Darryl Dobbs | Special to ESPN.com

After beginning the season with just six points in 13 games, Los Angeles Kings left winger Alexander Frolov has caught fire, as he is apt to do.

Since his slow start, Frolov has peeled off 15 points in nine games and has pulled himself up into the NHL's top 25 scoring leaders.

Rotisserie owners obviously realize the time is now (actually ... it was more like two weeks ago) to pick this guy up. Keeper-league owners, however, should have the opposite train of thought. His hot streak is the perfect time to dish him for an upgrade in assets -- and more of them. Frolov is a streaky player who will have several of these hot streaks in a given season. Just 24 years of age, his best hockey is still ahead of him. That being said, it is unlikely he will tally 75 points this season, but he is currently playing like a man on a quest for 100.

So what better time to dish him off for a pair of 70-point players?

Another player known for his streaks, Nashville's Steve Sullivan, is on another one. When this guy gets rolling, look out. He now has points in three straight games with a goal and five assists in that span.

Generally the 32-year-old rolls for five or six games before cooling off again. In roto pools, you can catch the tail end of this streak. In keeper leagues, the situation is different than it is with Frolov. Sullivan is a little more established. All the owners know he will finish in the low 70s, so taking advantage of this run with a trade will gain you little. ...

Speaking of the Predators, David Legwand is finally showing the promise that made him the second overall draft pick in 1998. He has recently taken over for Jason Arnott as the No.1 center, with linemates Paul Kariya and Martin Erat. Legwand is having a fine season with 14 points in 18 games and is on pace for a career high of 68.

Injuries, from a fantasy pool perspective: With Derek Roy out with a hand injury, rookie Jiri Novotny has assumed the spot on the Maxim Afinogenov-Thomas Vanek line. So far, after two games, Novotny is without a point, however the line was responsible for the lone goal Saturday against the Senators.

Farm Report: After a poor (by his standards) start in the American League, Los Angeles blue-chipper Patrick O'Sullivan netted a hat trick and added an assist Saturday for Manchester against Toronto. He now has 11 points in nine AHL games on the season, but six of them have come in the past three. He will be a factor in the NHL next year.

Darryl Dobbs' Fantasy Pool Look appears every Monday and Wednesday only on The Hockey News.com. Want to speak with Darryl about fantasy hockey? E-mail him at dobber@dobberhockey.com.

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